It is the final day of Green Man and I need to start well. Back to Nature Nurture for another massage – this time from Yusuf. Gino is also in the same yurt – he is having a massage from Emma. Over the next half hour, Yusuf gives my neck and back muscles an amazing workout – now that’s what I call a good start!
Gino and I head to Poco for lunch – I have the mezze. It is a varied selection of very tasty items including lamb, hummus, baba ganoush, flatbread, harissa, falafel….fabulous. Then it’s my first visit to the Rising Stage to see Paradisia who provide us with a really good dose of psychedelic folk!
We meet up with Eskimoh, grab some beer & cider, then head to the Mountain Stage to watch Slow Club. Despite the heavy rain (Eskimoh is completely shrouded in a plastic sheet) this is a tremendous set of indie folk rock! More beer is now required and we head over to The Courtyard to meet LN & Frida.
Refuelled at the bar, we all meander our way through the light rain and occasional sunshine to Far Out. On stage in the early evening is the Canadian indie rock band Besnard Lakes. Really good songs, interesting vocals – all backed by an atmospheric ‘wall of sound’. For the first time this weekend we are all together as a group for dinner. Gino, LN and Frida all have sushi, Eskimoh has a burger and I have an extraordinarily wonderful fish, chips and mushy peas. I can’t believe how good the food has been at Green Man!
After dinner we have some time before we head to the Mountain Stage to see Warpaint. Gino and I have passed the Rum Bar several times but, unlike the girls, we have not yet ventured in. This is our last chance and decide to go for it with Ginger Mojitos. We love the mojitos…..
Back to the Mountain stage for Warpaint. Simply brilliant. Then top of the festival bill – Belle & Sebastian. The area all around the Mountain Stage is absolutely packed with people but, for some reason, the gig doesn’t really get going until Stuart Murdoch invites three members of the audience to dance on stage with him. Later, as the chords to ‘the Boy with the Arab Strap’ strike up, Stuart motions to invite more members of the audience to join him on stage. He’s probably hoping for 3 or 4 people but, as security lose all control of the crowd, he gets 3 or 400. The band are submerged in people but carry on playing – this is more than a moment of madness but exhilarating to see.
Finally…. like a more friendly version of Wicker, the Green Man is set aflame and with the sky filled with fireworks, my lasting thought is that this festival has just turned out to be some sort of dreamworld display. It is an environment inhabited by people who want everyone to have a great time…and I think we have!
Musical highlight: really tough to choose between 5 great bands but probably Slow Club
Festival highlight: Stuart & the stage invasion
Weekend highlight: spending quality time with Gino, LN, Eskimoh & Frida